Guest Column: Three Bands You May Not Know But Should By Strife’s Andrew Kline

Guest Column

We’ve reached out to our metal and hard rock brethren across the land, asking that they contribute prose to our recent series of guest columns. We ran a recent series on Five Albums That Will Change You, and the response was overwhelming.

The new topic is Three Bands You May Not Know About But Should, and we asked that each guest writer jot down a brief description of what makes each band worthy of our attention. Today, we are excited to continue this ongoing series with an entry by Andrew Kline from Strife.

Amigo The Devil
Amigo The Devil (a.k.a. Danny Kiranos) plays dark acoustic “Murderfolk” with morbid themes based around serial killers and spousal abuse. Imagine a place in time where Johnny Cash and Nick Cave met in a dark alley to discuss their love of Slayer, and you may see the direction that Amigo is going.

Amigo The Devil’s first EP, Manimals, was produced by Kurt Ballou of Converge. I personally handled the production on his newest release, Diggers. The lyrics and music can both hold their own, and they are dark enough to move you. Amigo The Devil is definitely an artist the fans of metal and hardcore can appreciate.

Cross My Heart Hope To Die
CMHHTD is a brand new project that I am working on with DJ Muggs from Cypress Hill. Our sound fits somewhere between the downtempo electronica of Massive Attack, Tricky, and Phantogram, combined with Muggs’signature dusty approach to beat making.

The group is rounded out by vocalist Brevi, who sounds like an edgier street smart Amy Winehouse, and Sean Bonner who serves as a creative director for the group. The sound is dark, cinematic, and sexy.

Look for our debut self-titled EP to release on April 2 on Alpha Pup Records.

Rotting Out
Rotting Out play fast, angry, anthemic, punk inspired hardcore. Their album, Street Prowl, was one of my favorite releases of 2011 and I am definitely looking forward to their new record The Wrong Way which comes out this May on 6131 Records.

Not only are they our labelmates, but Rotting Out’s new record was produced by Terror’s Nick Jett, who handled production on our newest album, Witness A Rebirth.

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